Barriers to learning

Barriers to learning

This section is about how to embed equality and diversity within learning and skills policy and therefore increase access to learning and skills for those traditionally under represented.

Opening doors to all: How union learning tackles disadvantage


Union-led learning is inclusive, by definition. We open our doors without discrimination, including to non-members. This booklet showcases many of the ways in which we dismantle the barriers faced by disadvantaged learners, and help them – and the organisations they work...

Have your say in the 2017 Union Learning Survey


The 2017 Union Learning Survey is open until the end of the month – and unionlearn wants to hear from any reps involved with supporting learning at work.  Unionlearn wants to find out what branch officers, including Union Learning Reps, Health & Safety Reps,...

Usdaw ULR Liz is the Colleague’s colleague

Case study

Elizabeth Moore-Wilson works for Sainsbury’s. She is a shop steward, health and safety rep and a ULR. She is very active in her local store and regularly goes to other local stores and the supermarket in Darlington to represent members and promotes courses for Lifelong...

Michelle helps retail staff communicate with customers thanks to Usdaw

Case study

Michelle Scott became a ULR in 2015 after attending a Federation School in Warrington on Lifelong Learning where she learnt about the ULR role and the impact it could have.   Michelle said: Julia Baldwin talked with such passion about union-led learning that I...